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Olympic sexism row pushes Japan toward work discrimination treaty

Lawmakers and business community want ratification of UN convention on labor

A woman works at a factory near Osaka: Japan is among a dozen countries that have not ratified a United Nations convention to prevent discrimination in the workplace. (Photo by Atsushi Oka)

TOKYO -- Japanese lawmakers and business leaders have begun pushing the government to ratify a United Nations convention barring employment discrimination, propelled by a global backlash against a former Olympic chief's sexist remarks.

Naoto Omi, acting chairman of labor organization Rengo, plans to soon visit Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at his office to call on ratification of the International Labor Organization's Convention 111, which bans employment discrimination based on race, sex, religion and political opinion.

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